Workshops / Trainings
Featured Training: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
A proactive strategy for defining, teaching and supporting student behavior resulting in academic and social gains and a positive school environment
Research shows that when a school environment is positive and predictable, students feel safer, have better academic performance, higher test results and make better behavior choices. Schools also show a gain in instructional time, reduction in out of school suspensions and discipline referrals and show a decrease in referrals to Special Education.
Is it a curriculum?
No. PBIS is not a curriculum, but a process of planning and problem solving that includes direct teaching of social behaviors like academics. The basic PBIS approach is to use proactive, research-based strategies to teach clearly defined behavioral expectations. Most importantly, it establishes ongoing behavior supports that can be used by ALL students, staff, volunteers, parents and community members.
Can parents be involved?
Yes! Research shows that parent involvement in a child’s school experience greatly increases their chances for academic success, positive behavior, higher self-esteem, better attendance and greater motivation. Parents are key sources of information about their child, are their child’s first teachers, and have strengths and interests that can contribute to the educational process. When schools and families work together to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life. (National PTA, n.a.; Newman L. 2005; Henderson and Berla, 1997).
Upcoming Workshops & Events
Planning for Educational Inclusion: A Viewing of 'Including Samuel'
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Please join us for a screening of 'Including Samuel', a documentary by filmmaker Dan Habib about educational inclusion. He documented his family’s efforts to include their son Samuel in all facets of their lives, a journey that transforms each of them. Q & A with a PACER advocate will occur before and after the film.
Depression and School Planning: The importance of an accurate diagnosis
Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
If negative thoughts and feelings persist and start to limit a child’s ability to function normally, it could be depression. In school, depression can impact successful academic, social, and emotional growth. Dr. Barry Garfinkel, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, will discuss the different types of depression, the risk factors associated with depression, and how to effectively use counseling and medication for support. Renelle Nelson, coordinator of PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project, will offer information and tips to assist the child who is depressed in school and help promote successful outcomes. Special Education, 504 plans, and other educational supports will be discussed.
Date: Tuesday, May 08, 2018
In this first session, participants will learn about guardianship-conservatorship laws and other life planning issues. Plan to attend both the 5/8 and 5/22 sessions as they cover different information. Visit Life Planning for People with Disabilities
for more information.
Special & Supplemental Needs Trusts
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
This workshop will focus on power of attorney, health care
directive, special & supplemental needs trusts, and the ABLE Act. Each session (5/8 and 5/22) covers different information. Visit Life Planning for People with Disabilities
for more information.